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Old 09-20-2016, 01:25 AM   #1
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1949 Brill Bus

Well, you can probably guess... I made a crazy decision...again...

So it started out innocently. I was just casually surfing Craigslist, like I often do, when I thought, it been a while since I looked at what buses were for sale in the area. So I typed three fateful letters into the search bar.

And there she was. In all her glory with no dents no rust, aluminum body gleaming in the sun. Sure there's a couple broken windows, but they are all flat!! So I did it.

Here's the scoop:
Cummins turbo 220
Five speed air shifted manual tranny
Two speed rear end
Fully gutted.
Gauges, headlights, signals, etc, recently rewired
Tires: moderate to excellent

So after hearing it run and putting it in gear and reverse etc. I crawled around everywhere. Wow there's almost no rust under this thing, and it would
Appear they used a tubular chassis which surprised the hell outta me. The condition is astounding. I had to do it. I'll be going back to drive it home with a follow vehicle tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited.

Now I know none of you guys follow me on Instagram, so I guess I might actually post some photos of this one for you to drool over. Also if you wanna check out my most recent trip in my bus, I got some good pics and vids posted on my Instagram. You just gotta scroll past the more recent stuff
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:13 AM   #2
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OMG! We GOTTA see some pix!
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:24 AM   #3
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oh yes!!! that sounds like a kickass cool bus!! cant wait to see the pics!!

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Old 09-20-2016, 12:39 PM   #4
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Kinda like this one?

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Old 09-20-2016, 11:24 PM   #5
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I'm in the process of uploading some photos now. You will have to find it in your heart to forgive the "creative individual" who must have installed what appears to be a full size Home Depot quality house window
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:25 PM   #6
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That appears to be a nearly identical model!
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:49 AM   #7
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Anybody got any idea on what model 5speed and airsshifted module would be on this thing? Ha. I've never worked on anything like it. The shift tower looks like it came from A steampunk spaceship.

The rear brakes are locked due to corrosion and not leaky air system, this was known to me already. Hence why I can not yet drive it, i thought I would be able to get them freed up today, and limp home in front brakes, but I am having trouble getting he transmission into neutral, it seems to go into every tear, but even in the neutral position, if you let the clutch out, the driveline loads up. I have popped the lid off the airsshift mechanism and the internals all appear to be pristine. Could this be simple lack of lubricant?


Anyone know a very reasonable heavy tow service near cave junction Oregon?

Also my uploads keep failing errgh
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:07 AM   #8
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Boy oh boy good luck with this one. I've never even heard of the company before today, and a Wikipedia article says they went defunct in 1954.

I'd have to assume the transmission wouldn't be a house design so look for a tag or something indicating fuller or eaton or meritor or something of the like. If any of those companies were manufacturing transmissions back then.

This thing is so old that sadly most of the mechanics who would have experience have passed away.
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:01 AM   #9
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Well the airshIft mechanism is fairly simple. 2 Pneumatic cylinders, on an x and y axis recreating what a normal shift lever would do. It's is an add on to the top of a normal transmission. I am genuinely considering driving the bus home as a team, one up front driving, one in back shifting. I feel confident in
My
Ability to repair this bus. Brakes can be relined. Airlines can be replaced, air compressors can be replaced, valves can be replaced, wires and gauges can be replaced.
The good:
The suspensions s solid, the steering is solid, though an alignment is Probably in order.
The engine runs beautifully.
Ujoints are good.
Clutch appears to function just fine.
Charging system is working.

The only problems are with the rear brakes and the air system, and I'm not sure that the brakes aren't purely locked up because of the air system being faulty. I may have to bite the bitter bullet and tow it home, it's only 35-40 miles. But I really wanted to drive it! Have no fear, I will put this beauty on the road.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:16 PM   #10
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BKm3O_xgS3k/

Well that didn't work. I am not having succes uploading or posting pictures guys
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